From Handbook to Scripture, Day 102
READING: 2 KINGS 2
When Elijah knew the Lord was about to take him into heaven by a whirlwind, he discouraged his protégé Elisha from following him to Bethel and then to Jericho. Elisha refused to leave him, and the prophets in both places realized that the Lord was about to take his master away. Significantly, the waters of the Jordan River parted to allow Elijah and Elisha to cross on dry ground, and before Elijah was taken up into heaven, Elisha asked for a double portion of his spirit. Elisha took up the mantle of Elijah, parted the waters of the river, and the prophets recognized that the spirit of Elijah rested on Elisha.
Prayer: Lord, this amazing account of the way You took Your servant Elijah up to heaven in a chariot of fire and a whirlwind reminds me of how little I really know about You and how truly mysterious Your ways are to me. But I also know that the things You are preparing for me are beyond my imagination, and that they will make the sufferings of this present life pale in comparison.
Meditation passage: verses 9–12
From A Simple Book of Prayers
Keeping His Way
As I approach Your throne of grace today, I am grateful that You care about the things that concern me and that You want me to offer them up to You.
By God’s grace I want to live to the end in faith, knowing that I will not receive the promises on earth, but seeing them and welcoming them from a distance, I confess that I am a stranger and a pilgrim on the earth. Instead, I long for a better country, a heavenly one. In this way, God will not be ashamed to be called my God, for He has prepared a city for me. (Hebrews 11:13, 16)
Take a moment to share your personal needs with God, including your physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual concerns.
Trouble and anguish have come upon me, but Your commands are my delight. (Psalm 119:143)
You know the way that I take; when You have tested me, I shall come forth as gold. My feet have held fast to Your steps; I have kept to Your way without turning aside. (Job 23:10–11)
Lord, thank You for the freedom that comes from Your Spirit and for the reality of Your kingdom. Thank You that Your Word challenges our false assumptions. May I hold fast to Your steps and delight in Your commands.
From Handbook to Renewal
Focus: The Person of God
Jesus is the Son of God; He is the King of Israel. (John 1:49)
No one has seen the Father, except the One who is from God; only He has seen the Father. (John 6:46)
Before Abraham was born, Jesus Christ always exists. (John 8:58)
Jesus and the Father are one. (John 10:30)
Jesus proved through His works that the Father is in Him, and that He is in the Father. (John 10:38)
Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, who came into the world. (John 11:27)